Currently: February 2019

Well, here we are. It’s the second month of 2019. February has been treating us well so far. Pittsburgh has had some warm weather and sunshine the past few days, which has been absolutely lovely!

Family with baby girl

Here’s what’s currently going on in my life!

Current book Just finished this, which was really gripping. I picked up this political-based book and this medical memoir and can’t decide which to start first! I’ve also been reading all about about soup and cookies. A great combo, lol.

Current joy When Sadie wakes up and realizes who I am. She gets the biggest smile on her face and it makes me so happy.

Current food Rye bread. I just love that sharp, almost licorice-y flavor.

Pepperidge Farm Seedless Jewish Rye Bread

Current laugh I recently fed Sadie right before Jimmy and I walked into church and forgot to pull the flap of my nursing shirt back down and totally walked into church with my bra showing LOL.

Current blessing Jimmy and I bought a family car! We were using his truck as our family vehicle, and Jimmy was taking my two seat truck to work, but it was tough to get in and out of his two-door truck with Sadie’s carseat. Now we have a five person SUV!

Current beauty product Clear coat nail polish. I haven’t had much time to full-on paint my nails, but just adding a clear coat makes them look a little more put together 🙂

Current cuteness Sadie and her cousin Hunter! They spend a lot of time together in the church nursery, and I’m really excited to see them interact more as they grow up together.

Babies laying together

Current song Known by Tauren Wells.

Current baked good The best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever baked. Up next, I’m thinking I need to make graham cracker chocolate chip cookies because Maureen mentioned them and now I must. bake. them.

Current drink Going out for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. It has felt so necessary to have the extra caffeine with Sadie’s sleeping habits lately, haha.

Current indulgence Pet sitting! Doing things I did pre-Sadie feels so indulgent, lol. My mother-in-law and her fiancĂ© baby sat Sadie and I was able to pet sit one of my long-time clients. I’ve also taken Sadie pet sitting with me a few times, which has been a lot of fun.

Walking chocolate lab in Pittsburgh PA

Current goal I’ve been wanting to paint the drawers on a hutch in our living room for a long time. I have the paint, I just need to make it happen.

Current excitement Jimmy and I are having his siblings and their significant others over on Valentine’s Day for a special dinner. I just need to decide what to make! Any ideas?!

Current craving A date night with Jimmy.

Current fun Taking Sadie to the library. I know this is only going to become more and more fun as she grows up, too! I just found out our local library is having a “babies and books” day a few times each month starting in March. Can’t wait!

Mom and baby at library

Current obsession Researching topics for a Bible study I’d like to create.

Current need Absolutely nothing! I have been so blessed.

Tell me something current from your life!

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Slow Cooker Pulled Italian Chicken

I’ve got a simple recipe for pulled Italian chicken that only has a few ingredients! I almost hesitate to call it a recipe because it’s pretty much just putting a few items into a slow cooker and then shredding the chicken after a few hours. But hey, I’m always looking for easy recipes, so I figured I’d share in case anyone is in the same boat as me.

What I love about this recipe is that it’s super customizable. Don’t like some of the ingredients? Swap them out for something else. Want to add something? Feel free! I’ve listed a few serving and variation ideas at the end of the recipe, too.

Slow cooker Italian pulled chicken recipe

Ingredients
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 small red onion, chopped
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
1. Place tomatoes, onion, and one teaspoon of the Italian seasoning in slow cooker and stir to combine.
2. Cut chicken breasts into tender-sized pieces and place on top of tomato mixture. Top with remaining Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.
3. Cover and cook on high for three hours or low for six hours.
4. Remove chicken and shred with two forks until it resembles pulled pork.
5. Add pulled chicken back into tomato mixture and stir to combine. Add more salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!

Slow cooker Italian pulled chicken recipe

Ideas For Serving
-Serve the pulled chicken in toasted ciabatta buns, on top of rice, on a flatbread, in a panini, over polenta, in a baked potato, or on top of mashed potatoes.
-Stir the chicken into your favorite soup, risotto, or add it into a casserole.
-Serve with your favorite pasta and sauce
-Use the liquid from the chicken as a broth.

Ideas For Variations and Add-Ins
-Use a can of Italian-seasoned tomatoes for a more Italian-esque flavor.
-Go latin-inspired and use salsa instead of canned tomatoes.
-Make this recipe Mediterranean by topping with black olives, mint, and feta cheese and serve it with pita bread and tzatziki sauce.
-Chicken thighs also work in this recipe instead of chicken breasts, though they may take a little longer to cook.
-Add-in ideas: olives, garlic, chopped bell peppers, corn, green beans, mushrooms, anchovies, capers, pesto, cheese, fresh basil, parsley rosemary, etc.